The iPad’s intuitive touch-screen controls make strategy games a natural fit, and developers have provided would-be gamers with a great selection that range from games high on tactics to tactical games with a sense of humor. These great games include traditional turn-based strategy games, real-time strategy games and classic tower defense. And while games like Tower defense: island death set a high standard for graphics, it’s tough to ignore the retro-style awesomeness of a game like Faster than Light.
1, Tower defense: island death
Tower Defense: Island Death – One of the best attractive game and breakthroughs in Tower Defense – Strategy category.
Island Death is set in the Cyamic species, an alien creature suddenly invaded Crolla. They eat meat and reproduced rapidly, become incalculable threats to humankind, compulsory humanity to participate in the most intense Tower Defense.
2, King of Hero
Tower Defense: King of Hero – One of the best attractive game and breakthroughs in Tower Defense – Strategy category.
Tower Defense: King of Hero – Strategy game with breakthroughs from gameplay to graphics and sounds, bring different experiences to players.
3, XCOM: Enemy Within
As the iPad has grown up, more and more complex games initially designed for other systems have been ported to the tablet. But XCOM: Enemy Unknown may have been the first current game designed for high end systems to receive a full, feature-complete port to the iPad. This is great news for strategy fans. Regardless of platform, XCOM: Enemy Unknown was among the best strategy games to be released in the past few years. The turn-based tactics allow a greater depth of strategy and the alien invasion setting is a nice change of pace.
Oddly enough, 2K chose to remove Enemy Unknown from the App Store when the sequel was released. But this makes perfect sense when you realize that Enemy Within contains everything from Enemy Unknown in addition to the new content of the sequel. That’s a great move on 2K’s part.
4, Civilization Revolution II
Sid Meier took strategy games to a new level when Civilization debuted for the PC in 1991, and the series has gone on to have five sequels.
Civilization Revolution is an attempt to bring the game back to its root, simplifying certain aspects of the game to create a game that appeals to both the casual gamer and the hardcore strategy nut. And it succeeded. Civilization Revolution has the same epic feel as the PC line of games and contains hours of fun for anyone who loves strategy games.
Civilization Revolution II expands on this with new technology and units. There’s also a new way to play: scenarios, which will put you right smack into historical events.
5, Faster Than Light
How about a strategy game that takes place on the Star Trek Enterprise? Okay, this isn’t the real Enterprise, but it doesn’t take long to figure out what inspired this game. Faster than Light is a rogue-like game, which means each game features a random adventure. There are also many different ways to play the game, which means you’ll spend many nights at the command of your own starship.
6, Plants vs Zombies 2
Plants vs Zombies was a refreshing take on the tower defense strategy game, and the sequel stays true to those roots. This game is perfect for those who want the addiction of a strategy game without the need to spend hours on a single game session. The levels get more intense as you go along, and you’ll be able to play through different themes such as the Wild West and Ancient Egypt.
This is one of those rare entries when if you’ve never played the original Plants vs Zombies, the sequel is the best place to start. The free-to-play model used in the game isn’t as aggressive or as annoying as some other apps that feature in-app purchases, so you can check it out without paying a dime. And the original is so fully-featured and entertaining, you’ll still have a ton of fun with it even if you play through the entire sequel first.
It might be hard to pronounce the name of this unique game, but it isn’t hard to become addicted to it. The minimalist graphics might normally turn some people off, but they really work for Rymdkapsel, adding to the atmosphere of the game. The object of the game is to build a space station capable of warding off alien attacks while reaching out to research some strange monoliths.
In many ways Rymdkapsel is reminiscent of the old Dungeon Keeper games, where you build a dungeon with different types of rooms while preparing your minions to ward off intruders. It’s unfortunate that the Dungeon Keeper remake went too heavy with in-app purchases, but for those that like that type of passive real-time strategy meets tower defense game, Rymdkapsel is a load of fun.
8, Autumn Dynasty RTS
Autumn Dynasty melds together some of the best parts of turn-based strategy and real-time strategy without going overboard on either. In many ways, it is remindful of the classic Romance of Three Kingdoms series. Instead of an overabundance of choices, strategy is imbued at a more subtle level. The game controls well on the iPad and the graphics have a distinct character. This one is a definite must-download for fans of games like Total War.
9, Star Command
If you’ve ever dreamed of captaining the Star Trek Enterprise, don’t read any further. Just go download Star Command and start playing it. Designed for those who love the space faring genre, Star Command gives you the mission of helping Earth defend its borders by commanding your own ship, allocating resources to different areas of the ship. There are even red shirts in the game, and because red shirts are mainly tasked with the ship’s defenses, they do tend to die a lot. In addition to the red shirts, there are yellow shirts who serve as engineers and blue shirts who are science officers.
The retro-style graphics and light-hearted take on the genre only add to the fun. As you maintain the ship, you’ll face off against enemies who beam onto your ship. The only downside to the game is the linear story-line that makes playing through the game a second time something only hardcore fans will want to do.
10, Heroes of Might and Magic III
This one will appeal to those who want to relive the old Heroes of Might and Magic strategy games, but the basic gameplay stands the test of time. Heroes of Might and Magic helped define fantasy strategy games in the early 90s, and the third edition was widely considered one of the very best in the genre. Those who played the series will enjoy reliving the good old days with slight-better but not-quite-HD graphics, and those who never experienced them will enjoy some of the most refined and balanced gameplay available in a strategy game.